AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory
|PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Project title||Global AIDS Week of Action|
|Chapter||St. George's University SOM|
|Project Coordinator||Asad Bandealy- President|
|Summary of project||During the week of February 26-March 2, AMSA at SGU participated in the Global Week of Action on AIDS.
On Monday, Women in Medicine sponsored a speaker who addressed women's health issues and disparities, including HIV and AIDS.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, AMSA held a "Post-Card Campaign". Students were given the opportunity to write a post-card to their US Senators in support of S.550, The Microbicide Development Act.
AMSA representatives made announcements and circulated information regarding the issue, so that the student body could make an educated choice to support microbicides.
We managed to collect more than 50 post cards, targeting 15 different US Senators.
On Thursday evening, Physicians for Human Rights screened the documentary "A Closer Walk" highlighting the apalling human impact of HIV and AIDS.
|Number of participants||75|
|Participant hours involved||25 hour(s)|
|FUNDING & ADVERTISING|
|Total project cost||$50 (postcards/stamps)|
|Project funding||Local chapter funds|
|Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:|
|Project advertising||Events were advertised on the campus intranet, through announcements in classes, through local AMSA mailing list, and by word-of-mouth.|
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
|Lessons/suggestions||Our executive board had just completed a major fundraising event, and half of the board was taking mid-terms, so we didn't even realize it was time for the Global AIDS Week of Action until the weekend before. This meant that we weren't as organized as we could have been. Which meant we didn't reach as many individuals as we could have.
The screening of A Closer Walk was quite unsuccessful, given the exam schedule, aside from executive board members for WIM, PHR, and AMSA, only 3 students and 1 professor were in attendance.
Give yourself enough time to adequately plan and coordinate your events. Even if you are ready to run, that does not mean the rest of your leadership, or volunteers working under you will also be ready.